Role profile

We are seeking a new Vice Dean (Education) for the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care to lead a vibrant Education Strategy over the next five years. The appointee will develop, implement and lead education to deliver and advance excellence in teaching and learning, a first-rate student experience across nursing, midwifery, and palliative care, including significant expansions in digital education. 

The appointee will lead education in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, an academic faculty within King's College London. This includes the world's first nursing school to be continuously connected to a fully serving hospital and medical school (St. Thomas' Hospital), established by Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The Faculty is no. 2 in the world and no. 1 in Europe for Nursing in the QS world rankings, for the last three years. It is also among the top in the world for midwifery and palliative care research and education. ​​​​​​​
With the appointment of Professor Irene Higginson as Executive Dean in January 2021, we are refreshing our education strategy, as part of our overall strategy, and encouraging stronger integration between research, education, and care services for the benefit of students, staff, and care practice, and a strengthened postgraduate and digital offering.

Our education seeks to embrace the challenges and opportunities for future workforces, digital changes in health care and education, and ensure our students, undergraduate and postgraduate, are given the very best support, facilities, and opportunities to equip them to become future leaders, practitioners and/or academics.
The appointee will further develop the education strategy and review, as needed, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and propose and oversee the development of new educational initiatives. ​​​​​​​
The appointee will work closely with and take advantage of collaborations with world leading hospital and community healthcare services as part of King’s Health Partners and beyond. Individuals who are research active will have the opportunity to lead and contribute to high quality research and join with teams across the Faculty and King’s.

The Vice Dean (Education) will contribute to the overarching Faculty Strategy and that of King’s College London, including Vision 2029. They will work collaboratively with the Executive Dean, the Vice Deans International and Research, other relevant Faculty leadership, including the Heads of Teaching Departments and other education leads, across King’s College London, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other relevant legislative and statutory bodies, nationally and internationally to maintain and increase the quality and sustainability of education offered, with a particular emphasis on continuing to advance digital education. 

The Vice Dean (Education) will contribute fully to the broader leadership of education at King’s, being a member of the
College Education Committee and contributing to wide-ranging strategy, policy, and operational decision-making processes. They will work closely with the Vice President & Vice Principal (Education) and have ample opportunities to contribute to – and lead – initiatives associated with the implementation of the King’s Education Strategy.

Our healthcare partners

Key responsibilities

The Vice Dean (Education) will be responsible for the overall educational performance of the Faculty, with responsibility for: 

Education Leadership

  • Lead, develop, implement, and promote the Faculty's education strategy to deliver excellence in teaching and learning and a first-rate student experience, ensuring alignment with relevant Faculty and university strategies and the needs and opportunities for the future

  • Establish and further the role of digital education, and education in relation to advances in digital health care, as appropriate to the fields of nursing, midwifery and palliative care​​​​​​

  • Articulate persuasively the Faculty's educational vision and objectives
Clinical skills
  • Foster a supportive and reflective environment for teaching, including debate about educational philosophy and practice, as well as excellent relationships with our health and social care partners​​​​​​​
  • Actively promote and support equality, diversity, and inclusion

  • Provide advice and support to Heads of Education Departments, the Associate Director (Education), Student Experience Manager and other members of the Faculty Education Team, as required

  • Ensure the implementation of an effective student engagement strategy, including chairing or co-chairing the Staff Student Liaison Committee​​​​​​​
Nursing discussion
  • Ensure service user engagement in educational delivery, curriculum design and assessment

  • Lead the Faculty interactions with accreditors and regulators, in particular the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council), the Council of Deans of Health and other statutory or regulatory education bodies

  • Along with the Executive Dean, Faculty Operating Officer, and others, ensure a robust financial strategy underpins the educational efforts of the Faculty as appropriate for a Russell Group university, including the educational element of the Faculty’s business planning round, and in year analysis and shifts

  • Identify and promote education-related revenue-generation initiatives

  • Work closely with the Vice President & Vice Principal (Education), and College Education Committee to ensure the implementation of King’s Education Strategy​​​​​​​
  • Oversee curriculum development for the educational portfolio, including face to face, blended learning, and considerably advance our online digital delivery

  • Lead and oversee, the governance structure for Education within the Faculty that is consistent with the university's education governance mechanisms and delivers optimal education, student experiences and contribution to our overall strategy within the Faculty.​​​​​​​
Applied technologies for clinical care


  • Chair the Faculty Education Committee, including planning activities leading to implementation of the Faculty's educational objectives, and report from this committee to the Faculty Management Board

  • Manage and foster the development and high performance of staff and teams leading and delivering teaching
  • Represent the Faculty on the College Education Committee, Programme Development and Approval Committee, and other relevant committees and groups

  • Maintain and build further strong working relationships with departmental leadership, the Professional Services management team, the Informatics and Technology Enhanced Learning (iTEL) Hub and colleagues in central departments (Centre for Doctoral Studies, King's Academy, Centre for Technology-Enhanced Learning, Quality & Academic Support, Library, Careers & Employability etc)

  • Ensure effective communication between Faculty and university committees/departments and between Faculty, Departments and Divisions
Interdisciplinary team
  • Coordinate Faculty or university awards and recognition activity for staff and students, such as Teaching Excellence Awards and Faculty student prizes

  • Assist the Heads of Teaching Departments with performance enhancement of their staff on education-related matters as appropriate.


  • Take a forward looking and creative approach to identifying and responding to opportunities, such as future workforce needs, new international and local markets, and an increasing demand for advancements in digital education and the digital competency of the future healthcare workforce

  • Foster a flexible ‘can do’ approach within the Faculty regarding innovations in teaching and learning to benefit students, while ensuring a robust and rigorous approach to reviewing and evaluating the success of these
  • Keep up to date on developments in relevant education and care practice, including technology-enhanced learning
  • Encourage innovative teaching and assessment methods, and liaise with colleagues in the Faculty, and in central departments, to ensure effective support for teaching staff

  • Develop, promote, and manage curriculum enhancement initiatives

  • Develop, initiate, and manage changes to educational practices, processes, and culture to meet Faculty objectives and improve student experience
  • Lead the allocation of resources for education development to support educational innovation and student experience
Sustainable healthcare systems
  • Work with the Faculty Education Team and the Communications Manager to ensure that educational initiatives and innovations are disseminated across the Faculty

  • Collaborate with the Vice Dean (Research) to promote and encourage the integration of research and education, and ensure that excellence in research is translated into exciting learning opportunities for students, and that excellence in education is translated into research opportunities

  • Work with the Vice Dean (International) to promote and encourage the integration of the international agenda with education, and to ensure that internationalisation is reflected in the curriculum and in relation to student opportunities and enrolment

  • Lead pedagogical research so that the Faculty is a leader in delivering the education and in publishing research about its effectiveness

Management of the Faculty Programme and Module Portfolio

  • Develop and maintain the Faculty's portfolio strategy, ensuring that the portfolio of modules and programmes remains academically strong and financially sustainable​​​​​​​
  • Identify and encourage effective ways of working across Teaching Departments and Research Divisions, fostering a collaborative environment in undertaking projects and shared endeavours

  • Oversee Faculty level processes for the review and approval of new programmes and modules (see also Quality Improvement), with an emphasis on expanding postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes for qualified practitioners and for international students​​​​​​​
Nursing discussion
  • Explore opportunities to expand digital education for meet future workforce requirements for healthcare and for professional development 

Quality improvement

  • Lead on educational aspects of quality improvement and management, such as module evaluation, annual reporting cycle, programme review, quinquennial review, and peer support

  • Identify key outcomes from quality-improvement processes, designing appropriate responses and embedding changes

  • Scrutinise new programmes and modules, as chair of the Academic Curriculum Approval 

  • Subcommittee the Faculty Education Committee

  • Manage the Faculty's administration of and responses to student surveys (NSS, PTES and PRES) and other education related surveys
  • Scrutinise new programmes and modules, as chair of the Academic Curriculum Approval 

  • Subcommittee the Faculty Education Committee

  • Manage the Faculty's administration of and responses to student surveys (NSS, PTES and PRES) and other education related surveys

  • Act as an internal peer for other Faculties when required
Nursing improvement
  • Develop, deliver, and monitor approaches to ensure high attainment in relation to the metrics expected of a high-ranking academic institution, e.g., NSS, REF, grant income, peer review publications, and impact

Working with the university, other Health Schools, and King’s Health Partners

  • Coordinate and deliver the Faculty’s involvement in education-related initiatives, major strategic awards, and philanthropic efforts. Represent the Faculty in education-related initiatives across the Health Schools, particularly in the development of new courses and joint offerings

  • Foster relationships with and represent the Faculty in education-related initiatives across King’s Health Partners (KHP) and oversee its interactions with the KHP Education Academy, and other education-related initiatives at our KHP NHS Trust partners: Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundations Trusts.
King's Health Partners

General management responsibilities

  • Be a member of relevant Faculty’s Management Boards, and organise and lead the Faculty’s Education Executive

  • Assist the Executive Dean with the general leadership and management of the Faculty 

  • Work closely with, and support, Professional Services teams in the Faculty, particularly the Faculty Education Manager and team

  • Deputise for the Executive Dean of Faculty at events, meetings and committees where required.

Substantive Professorial Role (or Readership, dependent upon experience)


This is a major role within the Faculty and is the predominant component of an academic job at King’s. In addition to this role, the postholder will be expected to pursue their research and/or scholarly interests. 

Professors (and Readers) on a research and teaching contract will be members of a research division, allocated according to expertise and interest, and will benefit from collaborating with existing research programmes in those divisions as well as developing their own. Professors on an academic education pathway contract will undertake scholarly activity and join a teaching department, for their primary teaching activities, as well as having the opportunity benefit from an affiliation with a relevant research division, to help maintain research links of interest.   

This job description reflects the core activities of the role. As the Faculty and the postholder develop, there may be changes in the emphasis of duties. It is expected that the postholder will recognise this, adopt a flexible approach to work and be willing to participate in training. If changes to the job become significant, the job description should be reviewed formally by the Executive Dean and the postholder.

In addition to the primary Faculty responsibilities, the postholder will normally be expected to participate in a range of task and finish working groups to further King’s Education Strategy, including working in collaboration with the Vice President and Vice Principal (Education) and other Vice Principals as required.